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Is half a lemon enough to break my fasted state?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM

Let's say that I'm fasting for 24 hours, from last night's dinner to dinner the next day.

So from 6pm to 6pm the next day.

My real question is, if I squeeze half a medium/large sized lemon into a cup mixed with nothing else but warm water, is that enough to break my fast?

Or will the effects of the lemon be so little, that it won't bring me out of my fasted state?

Cheers,

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on October 18, 2012
at 05:39 PM

Julius! Lemons are ACIDIC. They have a ph value the same as most sodas. The idea that they are somehow alkalinizing in the body has been debunked numerous times. Also the concept that eating acidic foods raises the acidity of your blood has also been completely debunked. It's all crap science with no basis. The body must maintain a very tight ph range (around 7.4). It has a number of self-regulating capabilities to keep it's range. Your diet does not affect this in any way. Drink lemon water because you like it, not for some perceived benefit that does not exist.

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on October 18, 2012
at 10:44 AM

@Sunshine. Because more is better. @CD I was asking a mixture of both questions and the answer is no. I mainly do it for the alkaline properties. You know, acid vs alkaline in our bodies.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on October 18, 2012
at 02:45 AM

Also, I think the health benefits of lemon water are greatly over exaggerated. I have only seen one study looking at lemon water (and it was a whole lemon and 8 oz of water) and there was no change over just a cup of water in a 6 month span. That being said, if you like it, drink it -- and don't worry about ketosis

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on October 18, 2012
at 02:44 AM

@Julius. If the crux of your question is, "I like lemon water, will it take me out of ketosis" then the answer is no. If your question was, "Then how many calories do I need to consume until I am out of ketosis", then you are asking teh wrong question.

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on October 18, 2012
at 01:42 AM

There is not a specific number, but it would probably break it if ate a meal or something like that

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on October 18, 2012
at 12:13 AM

why not have the lemon when you're not fasting?

E95023add40ea3d6c77620b82c3d5912

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on October 17, 2012
at 11:35 PM

I'll be honest. I have no clue what you asked initially. I'm just doing it for the health benefits. The lemon is good for you, so I'm wondering if the two are compatible.

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on October 17, 2012
at 10:49 PM

How many cals would you need then, to break a fast?

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C2ecbc6f2948c232d60a639c50b7f4f9

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on October 17, 2012
at 10:40 PM

It doesnt have enough cals, so no it wont break your fast

E95023add40ea3d6c77620b82c3d5912

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on October 17, 2012
at 10:49 PM

How many cals would you need then, to break a fast?

C2ecbc6f2948c232d60a639c50b7f4f9

(504)

on October 18, 2012
at 01:42 AM

There is not a specific number, but it would probably break it if ate a meal or something like that

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3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on October 17, 2012
at 11:27 PM

The inverse of this question is "how many calories are necessary to break a fast.". To which I would reply, why are you fasting?

Squeezing lemon into warm water is the equivalent of tea or coffee and will not break your fast. If your true goal is to see how far you can push it, then I would suggest doing shorter fasts and working on your limits rather than try to "beat the system"

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

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on October 18, 2012
at 02:44 AM

@Julius. If the crux of your question is, "I like lemon water, will it take me out of ketosis" then the answer is no. If your question was, "Then how many calories do I need to consume until I am out of ketosis", then you are asking teh wrong question.

6b365c14c646462210f3ef6b6fecace1

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on October 18, 2012
at 12:13 AM

why not have the lemon when you're not fasting?

E95023add40ea3d6c77620b82c3d5912

(45)

on October 17, 2012
at 11:35 PM

I'll be honest. I have no clue what you asked initially. I'm just doing it for the health benefits. The lemon is good for you, so I'm wondering if the two are compatible.

E95023add40ea3d6c77620b82c3d5912

(45)

on October 18, 2012
at 10:44 AM

@Sunshine. Because more is better. @CD I was asking a mixture of both questions and the answer is no. I mainly do it for the alkaline properties. You know, acid vs alkaline in our bodies.

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on October 18, 2012
at 02:45 AM

Also, I think the health benefits of lemon water are greatly over exaggerated. I have only seen one study looking at lemon water (and it was a whole lemon and 8 oz of water) and there was no change over just a cup of water in a 6 month span. That being said, if you like it, drink it -- and don't worry about ketosis

3ce6a0d24be025e2f2af534545bdd1d7

(26217)

on October 18, 2012
at 05:39 PM

Julius! Lemons are ACIDIC. They have a ph value the same as most sodas. The idea that they are somehow alkalinizing in the body has been debunked numerous times. Also the concept that eating acidic foods raises the acidity of your blood has also been completely debunked. It's all crap science with no basis. The body must maintain a very tight ph range (around 7.4). It has a number of self-regulating capabilities to keep it's range. Your diet does not affect this in any way. Drink lemon water because you like it, not for some perceived benefit that does not exist.

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